Until further notice, all courses run by The Grove are being delivered online by Zoom. Delivery of all courses will take place on the planned dates. So anyone who has enrolled or now enrols on our courses for 2021 can be confident of receiving the learning that they are seeking.

Anyone enrolling for intakes in 2021 can take the full course on Zoom if they wish, even if teaching in person does resume during 2021. Specifically, this is applicable for these courses:

  • Supervision 2020 Autumn
  • Trauma 2021
  • Couple/Relationships 2021 Spring intake
  • All programme dates in 2021 for Foundation / Certificate / Diploma in Organisational Practice and Mental Health at Work

We hope that the Couple/Relationships course for the 2021 Autumn intake will take place in person – to be confirmed.

Our hope is that training in person will resume for 2022 dates – to be confirmed when we are sure that lockdown restrictions have been lifted with a reasonable outlook for this to be sustainable and permanent.

This page forms The Grove’s policy in response to the current public health restrictions on travel and meeting in person, especially while London is in Tier 4.

We are supporting the profession and the public by providing our training by online attendance, in order to resource practitioners in offering enhanced therapy to their clients.

We are monitoring the government guidelines and responses by relevant professional bodies regarding the process and timing to consider resuming training events by attendance in person. We are planning that when (if?) attendance in person resumes, we will continue to offer the option of online participation for those who would prefer it.

 We have received notification that our training venue is closed for the time being. The re-opening date has not been set. This may or may not be in 2021 – The Grove awaits notification from the venue company. If attendance in person becomes a viable option, we will of course ensure that the venue is implementing enhanced hygiene measures and social distancing procedures. Attendance in person at the venue will be an alternative to online Zoom participation, without being mandatory for any participant unless they wish to be present in person.

We are planning that all our course dates will run as planned via Zoom, if indoor meetings of 10-20+ people are inadvisable given COVID circumstances.

There are lots of moving parts involved in planning and decision-making for future course dates and intakes: venue re-opening date and COVID-secure measures for infection mitigation / tutor preferences and circumstances / student wishes / The Grove’s view on safety and responsibility to all parties. It looks as if infection rates and lockdown restrictions might increase over the Winter into 2021.

We are expecting that some enrolled participants may be affected in future, perhaps unexpectedly, by childcare requirements, health problems, needing to shield or care for family members. So we are adopting this flexible approach of the Zoom option, in order to be adaptable in accommodating everyone who wishes to take part.

Enrolled participants may be relying on gaining the qualification within the planned timings, to meet the demands of their work role or client caseload. Many of our course students are self-employed, others work for charities or are in supervisory roles at their work setting. So the benefits of continuing the training could flow more widely into those work settings and client groups.

Also, many of our tutors are self-employed and may be relying on the income from their teaching assignments with The Grove.

As members of a professional body, our course participants may also be relying on the course dates and timings in order to meet the requirements of their professional body in gaining a certain number of CPD hours.

The Grove’s stance is in keeping with guidance from multiple membership organisations within the therapy profession, such as BACP,  UKCP, BPS, COSRT, EMDR. Indeed, there’s likely to be no change in the annual requirement for CPD hours as part of professional memberships.

For example, UKCP has stated that it expects its members to maintain the regular number of CPD hours as usual.

Whilst BACP’s guidance on training courses and institutes is that:
“We [BACP] understand that direct, face-to-face tutor contact may not be possible if an organisation decides to temporarily suspend students from attending. We’ll allow some remote or online teaching and learning to take place to ease the pressure on courses at this time, as long as face-to-face, direct teaching resumes as soon as your organisation is open to students.

It’s up to the course to address this issue as appropriate and to ensure that students have enough teaching hours to meet the requirements of the course and its learning outcomes.”

All in all, our stance is to continue running the courses on the planned dates, for these reasons we have articulated. This approach also supports continuity for The Grove so that we can maintain the current and future programmes by maximising certainty for our business. That way, we will be in a position to honour commitments to students and tutors who are committing to our courses which begin from 2020 or 2021, and thereafter.

Our intention is to return to training delivered and attended in person, as soon as the venue re-opens and can give us guarantees on hygiene protocols with social distancing. But this will depend on a change in the prevailing circumstances, where government restrictions are lifted regarding travel and gatherings in public spaces. 

We will review during 2021 in the hope that course dates in 2021 can take place in person.

From now onwards, we are asking anyone who enrols on our programmes to be flexible and open to either Zoom calls or to attending in person – whichever format is applicable for each training event for the remainder of this year, while the situation develops.


Feedback from our courses on Zoom 

Meanwhile, here are some comments made by students who are currently enrolled on our courses, regarding their reaction to the training on Zoom. The video conferencing allows everyone to see and hear each other on the training event. There are Zoom breakout rooms which enable participants to work in smaller groups or pairs for skills practice and experiential exercises. The presenter can share the viewing screen to display documents or presentations, as if on a projector screen. We are using the technology as best we can to convey the learning material in an engaging way.

2020 trauma course

“You guys really pulled it out of the bag [putting the course on Zoom at short notice]. You really know your stuff!”

“It’s a time for creative adjustment and to keep a positive spirit, a time to bring out the best in us !”

“Just wanted to say thank you for this and I am so relieved that I won’t miss out on the training, as I am really excited about this. It’s great that it is all still going ahead and I think this is a really generous response to this crisis. (And golly! How full on is it to manage all this!?) Thank you and see you online on Saturday.”

“I am glad to see you are all trying to work to deliver the training. Thank you.”

“Very much enjoying the course and learning so much.”

“Thanks so much for all your support.”

“Overall I have been very satisfied with the training. Obviously, I would have liked it to be in person but was relieved it could still go ahead on Zoom. I felt the IT/technical aspect was extremely well handled.”

2020 1-day Trauma-Focused CBT training

“Just dropping a line to thank you for the Training on Saturday, I really enjoyed how you structured and delivered it.”

“I really enjoyed the day and learned a lot, both through the presentations and by working in smaller groups. I felt welcomed and included so thank you again!”

“I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the day training on Saturday, I thought it was fantastically run and I gained a lot from the breakout rooms and discussion that took place. I also really valued how many resources were provided.”


2020 supervision course

“Zoom seems very sensible, thank you. Looking forward to it.”

“I hope to meet everyone in person, but if not possible, we will still enjoy the learning; of that I feel certain.”

“Thanks for the email and I agree that this is about collective responsibility.  I appreciate that the options might change as things progress but what you have suggested seems a very reasonable response to the situation as we currently understand it.”

“I wanted to drop you a quick line to say that the course seems to be working very well online so far. Not that it does not have its issues, but it is a great group that is making it work anyway. Thank you for your efforts in putting together.”

“Zoom isn’t what I’d want forever, but it works for now.”

“I’m really excited to be starting the Zoom training this weekend.”

“I wanted to drop you a quick line to say that the course seems to be working very well online so far. Not that it does not have its issues, but it is a great group that is making it work anyway. Thank you for your efforts in putting together.”

“We have just held our 2 days of training this weekend and I just want to say that despite my apprehension due to internet connections etc, it has been a great enriching experience, thank you for enabling our learning to continue.”

“I am happy to tell you that I managed to do the entire two days [of this weekend’s training], thankfully with the video on Sunday, so it was nice to see everyone. It was a really powerful and interesting weekend.”

“I’m fine and glad I started the training and was able to join both days! To be honest it was a welcome distraction.”

“We had a nice weekend on Zoom.  Thank you for that, it was well organised.”

“I have found Zoom works really well and although not the same as F2F, it has been a good experience and will be a good platform for our training next month.”

“Please pass on my Congratulations to All in the cohort, also to the course tutors and everyone else that was involved for hard work during those most unusual circumstances!”


Couple/relationship therapy course

“Enjoying the course – really well structured and put together. Seamless transition to zoom which is also working well.”
“I value that you have decided to continue [with the training course]. I had my 1st weekend of couples training this weekend with Cabby, and really, it helped deflect so much from the constant anxiety of the virus!! I love you have also offered Zoom . . . .  this is a wonderful idea! Thanks Sarah, can’t wait for the next weekend!”
“Thank you, I’m really enjoying the course weekends.”

2020 1-day Childhood Sexual Abuse workshop

“I don’t think the Zoom delivery took anything away from the course and it was welcome, from my point of view, to have a bit of quiet time during the breaks.”

“I thought the balance between presentation and group participation was perfect. And I think your style of delivery on Zoom – calm, measured and very articulate were excellent for a CPD training but also as a model for working with clients.”

“I’d also happily book on to future Zoom training you are offering, your presenting style, pace & passion for your topic had me totally engaged.”